Children

Children in Worship

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Children’s Weekly Bulletins are provided every week for our children and their family at the same place adults pick up the adult bulletin and with the weekly bulletins on the webpage.  These bulletins are designed to help children understand the Bible readings that are heard during church each week.  They are useful as talking points during the week and as part of your family prayer time at bed time or meal time.  Parents are a child’s chief Christian Education leader and should enjoy the walk together in faith with their children.

Presentation of Age Appropriate Bibles

Presentation of BiblesSunday September 18
The Christian Education Committee presents children and youth with Bibles on an annual basis.  During the rite of Baptism, we promise that as the child grows we will teach our children about God and place in his or her hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for his or her instruction in the Christian faith.  This year we presented Bibles to a slightly different age group due to the fact that publishers have changed the reading levels of certain editions. Children entering kindergarten, first,  fourth, and seventh grade were presented Bibles. This coincides with the beginning of the Sunday school year and the recognition of our dedicated teachers.  Our hope as a faith community is that by placing in the hands of our children versions of the Bible that are age appropriate, we may get our young people more engaged in reading and discussing Bible stories. It is important for us to honestly use our Bibles. They should show signs of wear and use. The Reformation of the 16th century encouraged Christian people to read and study the Bible.

The children shown below received their Bibles on September 18:  Click on images to enlarge!

CREATE – Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:15 p.m., September 13 – December 13

CREATE will be held in person Tuesday evenings beginning September 13 through December 13.

We read in Genesis how God created all of the creatures, birds of the air, fish of the sea, and all of the things that creep and crawl and walk and hop and gallop on land! And God said they were good. In celebration of God’s creation we will explore Bible stories referencing animals and see how many of them connect to stories we know from salvation history. Miss Kelly has prepared crafts that will lead to the creation of a beautiful Jesse Tree for the children to use for devotion during the season of Advent.   Miss Kelly will meet with students’ grade 2 through 6 beginning at 6:00 pm and with children age 2 through grades 1 at 6:30 pm.  Mrs. Jones, our new Director of Children’s Choirs, will be working with the children to sing during the music portion of the Tuesday evening CREATE.  In late fall we will begin to work on the Christmas play which is scheduled for inclusion during the 10:30 am liturgy on December 18.

Holy Communion Instruction for Children – October 23

On Sunday, October 23,  following the 10:30 AM liturgy Miss Kelly and Pastor Reep will provide an opportunity for parents and children to learn together about the Lord’s Supper.  A simple lunch will be provided and then we will commence with the time of learning.  The session is designed so that parents and children will engage together as they read from the Bible, visit the sacristy and take a close look at communion vessels, draw pictures depicting the faces of those they observe receiving the sacrament, and discover what is needed in order to receive Holy Communion.  Do plan to attend this session with your  child.  Please contact the church office so that we can provide the proper amount of food for lunch and enough materials for each family.

Spark family magazine provides ways for you to talk about God and Jesus with your children. St. Paul’s subscribes to this magazine for our families with young children sending it directly to your home. Take time to read the stories with your children and try out some of the activities. Enjoy growing in faith together. (If you are not receiving this magazine, simply call the church office and asked to be added to the subscription list.)

Sunday Morning Classes for All Ages 9:15 AM –

Preschool and Kindergarten through grade 2 children will be learning about many important Old Testament people including Adam and Eve, Joseph, Moses and more.

Grades 3-6 will be using lectionary-based curriculum which means they will study one of the lessons being heard in worship that day.  This will help them tie the stores from the Bible with worship and everyday life.

Sr High Sunday School Grade 9 through 12, 9:15 am – 10:15 am—Youth Room

Join Miss Kelly for a weekly discussion on Bringing Faith into our Lives.  This will include listening to and looking closely at the words to your favorite songs, books being read and current events.  The first and last Sunday of each month will focus on service projects that may include, helping with stocking the food pantry, creating packages for St. Paul’s college students, making cards for St. Paul’s home bound parishioners, and wrapping Christmas gifts for Spirit Trust Lutheran Home.

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Cherub Choir(See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5
The Lutheran Camps offer a wide variety of things to strengthen faith and enrich our Christian Community:  Worship, Daily Prayer, Making New Friends, Seeing Old Friends, Fun Activities, Adventure and Acts of Service.  There are many different camps offered throughout the summer.  From Grade K through grade 11.  You can choose your favorite camp week from Ultimate Sports, Jr. Classic, Kayak, Back Country Outpost, Arts and Crafts, Water Adventure, Trails and Treats and many, many more fun weeks.  Talk to Miss Kelly if you are interested in Camp Nawakwa or Camp Kirchenwald.  Camp brochures are available for you to look at.
The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families and offers Camperships for anyone interested in attending.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Miss Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at:  http://www.lutherancamping.org/summer

The Lutheran Camping Corporation carries out its mission as a gracious expression of God’s.  The heart of that mission is to:  The Church, in a place and time apart…Where God’s presence is experienced, Faith is renewed, Christ’s love is felt, and the Church is strengthened for the service and proclamation of the Gospel!  Our goal is for each child to experience the love of Christ!

We are encouraging all of our children and youth to attend a week of church camp.

Testimonial from one of our families that did the Family Camp at Kirchenwald:  “In August 2019, our family had the opportunity to attend Family Camp for a half week at Camp Kirchenwald.  It is our second year attending this annual camp.  We find this camp to be a great place to spend time together as a family, to engage with other families in faith, and to unplug from electronic devices and connect with nature.  Our 5-year-old son loves camp too.  He enjoyed the many outdoor activities, especially the big capture the flag game.”

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4